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3 Tips on How to Prevent Temper Tantrums

2011 December 17
by Contributor

Today’s little sweet guest post is from our mommy guest contributor, Amy. If you are a blogging mom and need help to be featured, please let us know 🙂

You are grocery shopping with your 3-year-old son at the mall when he spies a treat that he wants you to buy. It is something you don’t want him to eat for health reasons so you say, no. Suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a full-blown temper tantrum.

People around are staring at you in exasperation and you feel your face turning red-hot with embarrassment. Have you been caught in this situation before? If so let me reveal to you tips on how to prevent temper tantrums.

A tantrum is a child’s expression of frustration. When he experiences physical challenges such as thirst and hunger or mental challenges such as difficulty in learning a task he lets it out through tantrums. Since children cannot express what they are feeling they have a tendency to throw tantrums when they don’t get what they want.

There is no foolproof method to putting a stop to tantrums. But there are ways on how to handle temper tantrums.

Be Consistent

Setting up a regular routine will let your kid know what to anticipate from you. Follow your routine and set time limits that are reasonable. It is important to remain consistent to avoid confusing your child.

Avoid Baby Talk

When your child can’t express how he feels adequately enough for you to understand, temper tantrums are inevitable. Teach him to use words to express himself.

Avoid baby talk as this can lead to confusion and mixed messages. If he can’t talk yet, teach him how to use gestures or sign language to communicate to you. Communication is the key to avoiding tantrums. If he knows how to express himself, tantrums are less likely to occur.

Give Him Choices

Even children don’t like the feeling of being dominated. They also want to have a sense of autonomy. You can foster this feeling by giving your kid choices. Just make sure that you like both options so that no matter what he chooses, it’ll be ok with you.

Temper tantrums can’t be totally prevented. But they can be managed. Just follow these three tips and decrease the frequency of your child’s tantrums.

Amy C. is an interior decoration aficionado and online marketer. Aside from being an avid reader, she also likes testing and trying new home and office decorating themes. In addition to being an interior decoration hobbyist, she enjoys designing accent tables and candle lanterns

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  1. December 19, 2011

    Distraction and avoidance is the best way. Once a tantrum is there, gentle “hug restraint” (where the child is protected from doing any damage by being wapped in a bear hug) while whispering quiet, reasuring words is often helpful. They have to stop screaming to hear what you’re saying, and curiosity gets the better of them.
    If they can still talk and interact, I find that encouraging them to “pretend they’re the Big Bad Wolf” and “Blow the house down!” CAN help…they have to take deep, calming breaths and end up giggling.

  2. Gabriel permalink
    December 26, 2011

    I agree with all the tips given..Temper tantrums is common among children this is the way they expression their frustration..Thanks for including this topic it is very useful topic..

  3. February 28, 2012

    Logged onto your site expecting to find tips about how to be a successful blogger. I just got my blog up and running so I’m looking for all of the help I can get. Imagine my surprise when I found your guest post on temper tantrums which is exactly what my day was composed of today. Tantrums from both my son and myself:)

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